|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1743|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1815|
Revolutionary War service: Adjt of 5th and 9th Regt under Col O. Towles (The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio)
As a merchant, provider of material assistance to the Patriot troops during the American Revolution.
First merchant west of the Allegheny Mountains and the first to introduce the sale of coffee in that section of Virginia
During Lord Dunmore's War, which began with the murder of Chief Logan's family, and which ended Nov 1774, the colonists of Virginia fought against Indians backed by the British, and Maj. Robinson experienced a unique and historic adventure. This is reported in many histories including Theodore Roosevelt's The Winning of the West,Vol. I, From the Alleghanies to the Mississippi, 1769-1776 (NY, 1906: G.P. Putnam & Sons), pp. 243-244 (name not written there but referenced in footnote).
1774: William and his family had been living in a fort for protection from Indian attacks. With the other men, William served in the fort militia unit. He may have earned the commission as major through training provided by his father who served in the Virginia Militia. One day, William and two friends were working with the flax crop outside the fort's walls. Captain John Logan, Chief of the Mingo Native American nation, and his warriors attacked them as they worked in the flax field near his home by the Monongahela River. The major was forced to run the gauntlet, then tied up three times to be burned at the stake but was removed each time as debate raged on about his merit. He was verbally defended by the Chief himself against a group of hostile chiefs. He was spared when Chief Logan, who had been leading a war of vengeance against the settlers, adopted him. While with the Indians, Maj. Robinson traveled through the beautiful Muskingum River valley of Ohio. On one occasion, he recorded a letter for the Chief to the man he thought, in error, had killed his family. The message was left in the cabin of a pioneer family Logan killed. The message has been compared often to the famous speech Chief Logan delivered at the end of Dunmore's War.
After about four months with Logan, Maj. Robinson escaped to return to his family in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). It is interesting to note that his wife, Margaret See, had been a hostage of the Shawnee Indians after her first husband, father, and many others were killed in the Muddy Creek Massacre of July 16, 1763. In its aftermath, Margaret's mother and siblings were among the captives made to travel to the village of Chief Cornstalk and kept there until a hostage exchange was arranged. When William and Margaret moved to Ohio, Margaret's mother was with them, and a large group of family and friends accompanied or followed them. This included some of their married children with their spouses, children, and in-laws. Some of these pioneers are buried in the cemetery beside William, while others are interred in Bethany ME Cemetery, Robinson Cemetery, and possibly other locations.
He remembered the beautiful lands he had admired. In 1801, he acquired 4000 acres in this Northwest Territory location that would soon become Franklin Township, Coshocton County, Ohio, near the town of Conesville.
Prior to the move to Ohio, William had also served as Mayor of Clarksburg and as the third Sheriff of Harris County, VA (WV).
James William Robinson (1704 - 1778)
Mary Margaret McKinney Robinson (1712 - 1781)
Margaret See Robinson (1745 - 1815)
James Robinson (1787 - 1856)*
William Robinson (1743 - 1815)
McKinney Robinson (1750 - ____)*
Benjamin Robinson (1758 - 1832)*
72y 6m; "An honest mans' the noble mark of God." Pope
William Robinson Family Cemetery
Created by: JanisCJ
Record added: Jul 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54391892